Bessemer, AL
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Bessemer is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 26,730 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Bessemer is the 17th largest community in Alabama.

Bessemer is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bessemer is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bessemer who work in office and administrative support (15.83%), sales jobs (14.22%), and management occupations (8.19%).

The percentage of people in Bessemer with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.85% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bessemer in 2010 was $16,716, which is lower middle income relative to Alabama, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $66,864 for a family of four. Bessemer also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.72% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Bessemer is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bessemer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bessemer residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bessemer include English, German, African, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Bessemer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.